Episode 69: Shetland

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We're back on schedule with this week's episode, in which we talk about Allison's trip to Shetland for part of Shetland Wool Week and dig into the patterns in two gorgeous books: Wool Journey: Shetland by Amber Corcoran, Jaime Jennings, Malia Mae Joseph and Stephen West, and Shetland by Marie Wallin.  

Sponsor

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Garthenor, providing a variety of sustainable, organic British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. See Garthenor’s glorious yarns, including a kit for Isabell Kraemer's new Amory sweater, on their website at http://www.garthenor.com.

Make Happy – aka – What we’re working on

Rachel is still plugging away on her yellow Erika Knight jumper in British Blue 100. The change in weather means her wool mojo has returned with a vengeance, so she's also been spinning and had a bit of a slip last weekend, and is now the proud owner of a 10" Cricket loom which is destined for generating lots of handspun handwoven scarves. 

Allison has finished spinning her Turning on Shetland from Porpoise Fur, and mostly finished her Martinique Beach Cowl! Still working on Lemon Difficult by Kate Atherley, but mostly has been spinning like a demon for Spinzilla. 

Shetland

Alli talks about her trip and all the fabulous places she visited, including Uradale Farm. Then we discuss the five patterns in Wool Journey: Shetland, by Amber Corcoran and Jaime Jennings, owners of Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver (Rachel visited the shop several summers ago) and Malia Mae Joseph and Stephen West, co-owners of Stephen & Penelope in Amsterdam. See all the patterns on Ravelry here.

Marie Wallin's new book Shetland is a Fair Isle lover's delight.

Marie Wallin's new book Shetland is a Fair Isle lover's delight.

Last but not least we talk about the glorious stranded colourwork designs in Marie Wallin's new book Shetland (see all the patterns on Ravelry here). Lushly photographed and full of glorious colourwork designs, this book is definitely worth a look for anyone with a hankering for a challenge!

Other books about Shetland you might want to explore: 


Wrap up

Many thanks for joining us for another episode! You can find the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio (please rate, review and subscribe!) and you'll find us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm. However, the Goat will be closed for refurbishment from the 16th of October for approximately a month, so check out the thread in our Ravelry group for our alternative meet up place. 

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

Episode 58: Colourful Collaboration

Rachel is back in the co-pilot seat after the holidays, and we talk about project monogamy (is that a thing?), upcoming yarn celebrations and get two of our knit night regulars to tell us about their creative collaborations in colour and yarn.

News and Events

6 May: Yarn Shop Day! A few shops have helpfully let us know that they have some big things planned for this special day

10 June: World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 10th! Check out their website to find an event near you.

Make Happy

A sneak peek of Rachel's new pi shawl design. Pattern soon to be released through Kettle Yarn Co.

A sneak peek of Rachel's new pi shawl design. Pattern soon to be released through Kettle Yarn Co.

While on holiday, Rachel finished the shawl design that was kicking her butt (and freaking out her yarn support!), which will released shortly. The only other project she took with her was her Kippen Cardigan, and she's now working on the second sleeve with a lot of collar to go. This past week she also started spinning up some fibre for a collaboration with two colleagues of the woolly variety, which is slated for release this autumn.

Allison is anxiously awaiting the delivery of her SweetGeorgia Yarns Joji Mystery KAL kit from Vancouver (she got Kitsilano) and is in the meantime working on a baby blanket for friend. Progress on her Foolproof cowl also continues.

Colourful Collaboration

The Lambton Panes shawl by Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits. Yarn by Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. 

The Lambton Panes shawl by Kate Bostwick of Cowtown Knits. Yarn by Lola Johnson of Third Vault Yarns. 

Our knit night includes a whole bunch of wonderfully creative and inventive people, and we are thrilled to have been able to get two of them to come talk to us for the podcast! Lola Johnson, otherwise known as Third Vault Yarns, and Kate Bostwick, who designs under the Cowtown Knits label, tell us about their relationship with colour, their sources of inspiration, and their collaboration which has produced two gorgeous kits - Lambton Panes and Chainlink Mitts - with more to come!


Wrap up

Many thanks for joining us for another episode of the podcast and super huge thanks to Lola and Kate for joining us! You can find it on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and you'll find us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter, in our Yarn in the City group on Ravelry, or in person on Wednesday nights at our knit night at The Goat on the Rise  between 7 and 10pm.

Have a great couple of weeks and we’ll chat with you soon! 

Music credits (available on NoiseTrade)
Ridiculously Happy (feat. Twilight Meadow) - Owl City

Blog Tour: Palette from Inspiration Knits

We here at Yarn in the City are huge fans of Inspiration Knits, and the designer behind all those wonderful patterns, Louise Zass-Bangham. Louise has been a Great London Yarn Crawl volunteer, and a podcast interviewee, helping sort out the intricacies of #VATMESS, so we are very happy to be the  first stop on the Inspiration Knits Blog Tour for the release of Palette, Louise's newest pattern collection.

Painted worked in Rhichard Devriez Peppino in "Agawa Canyon", and Fresco worked in Miss Babs Yowza! in "Gal Noir"

Palette is a mini-collection of two scarf/shawl patterns designed to show off those gorgeous variegated skeins that all of us collect and adore, but maybe aren't sure how to use. Louise has used a vintage stitch pattern that keeps the colours in wildly variegated yarns from becoming too blended, allowing the beauty of the different tones to really shine. These patterns are perfect for those wild skeins that you might have picked up on one of editions of the Great London Yarn Crawl.

Painted, worked in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in "Berlin"

Painted, worked in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in "Berlin"

The first pattern in the collection, Painted, is a shallow triangle scarf worked in fingering weight yarn (hello crazy sock yarn stash!), that can be adjusted to use up your entire skein of yarn (around 440 yds/400 m). We appreciate this detail hugely around here, as there's nothing more frustrating then having little balls of sock yarn leftovers that aren't enough for another project!

Fresco uses the same vintage stitch pattern as Painted, but is a larger piece: a simple triangular shawl knit in approximately 550 yds/500 m of either DK or worsted weight yarn. The larger yarn makes for a super cozy wrap.

Fresco, worked in Blissful Knits Tango in "Regal Berry"

Fresco, worked in Blissful Knits Tango in "Regal Berry"

We can't wait to cast on for these pieces, using some of the crazy variegated yarns that have been hibernating in our stashes (case in point). And it's also great to have these available for future crazy yarn purchases - perhaps at the Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace this September? Some of our vendors are sure to have yarn that fits the bill!

We're thrilled to help send these patterns on their way to all you shawl knitters out there. Louise has very kindly donated an electronic copy of the collection to one lucky blog reader. Just leave a comment on this post by midnight GMT, Wednesday 1 April, and we will pick a winner using the random number generator.

The next stop in the Inspiration Knits Blog Tour is Knitted Bliss, who will be posting on Wednesday. Check out all the rest of the stops on the Tour, which we've linked below, and happy knitting!

Tuesday 24 March: Inspiration Knits

Wednesday 25 March: Yarn in the City

Thursday 26 March: Knitted Bliss

Friday 27 March: Knit with Attitude

Monday 30 March: Miss Babs

Tuesday 31 March: Yarn & Pointy Sticks

Wednesday 1 April: SweetGeorgia Yarns

Thursday 2 April: The Golden Skein

Friday 3 April: Fyberspates